A trip to a local winery or vineyard is an amazing way to spend a day off. Drink with your friends and family, try some of the finest local wines, and above all, unwind. The next time you’re looking for the perfect place to satisfy your wine craving, check out one of these spots on our list!
Arrington Vineyards is a favorite for wine lovers in Tennessee and is located about a half hour from Nashville. Country musician Kix Brooks is a co-owner of this beautiful hillside vineyard and winery, which has become a very popular tourist destination. Bring a picnic basket or take advantage of Arrington’s affiliate Simply Living Life to preorder a gourmet picnic setup that will be ready for you upon arrival to the vineyard.
If you’re looking for a free and delightful wine tasting, head over to the Mountain Valley Winery in Pigeon Forge. This winery is a part of the Rocky Top Wine Trail, which consists of five different wineries and one distillery. In addition to the free tasting, free tours are available everyday from noon until five. Pair your wine with some house made wine jelly or local cheeses for the perfect snack after touring.
This winery is great to visit year-round but is especially beautiful in the fall. Hidden in the mountains, Amber Falls Winery is well worth a visit if you’re in Middle Tennessee. With events like Gumbo Sundays in the winter and Music on the Ridge during the summer months, there’s always something fun going on here!
Lookout Winery in Guild, Tennessee, is the place to go if you want tasty wine and a spectacular view. If you go just before sun down, you’ll be able to enjoy your drinks while watching the sunset over the Tennessee River. Hungry too? Pizza and gelato are also available for purchase should you get a case of the munchies after your tasting.
Belle Meade Winery at the Belle Meade Plantation is a wonderful winery to take those who love history. According to the winery’s website, this was “the premier thoroughbred racing and breeding farm in the south for over a century” and tours of this historic mansion on the grounds are available too. Sign up for one of their wine and food pairings to sample the house made wine, gourmet cheeses and cured meats.
This winery actually has two locations, the first one in Centerville and one in Nashville, but the original site is definitely a favorite. Located in a log cabin surrounded by acres of forest, this winery is a good place to enjoy nature and taste their variety of sweet and dry wines.
Sugarland Cellars is another winery that can be found on the Rocky Top Wine Trail mentioned above. Here they pride themselves in being “where the locals go” after hiking around the Smokey Mountains. Free tastings and tours are available at this winery too so make sure to visit. If you visit three wineries on the trail, you’ll be rewarded with a free gift!
Located on the Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau this winery offers complimentary tastings of their delicious wines for those who visit. They’re the only winery in Tennessee that has both statewide and multi-state distribution, meaning you can find their signature wines across the country. Stop by their gift shop to purchase their locally made accessories and delectable food.
This winery is known as Knoxville’s very first winery and the very first urban winery in the state of Tennessee. It’s located inside the 1903 Historic Southern Railway Station and has an extensive wine list. Blue Slip’s unique location in the city makes it a great place to stop by for a quick visit.
Delta Blues Winery is located Lakeland, right outside of Memphis. For a reasonable price, you can enjoy a tasting or a tour of the grounds. Afterwards be sure to check out the veranda and scenic lake deck!